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Single Life and the City 1200–1900

  • Julie De Groot
  • Isabelle Devos
  • Ariadne Schmidt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction Single and the City: Men and Women Alone in North-Western European Towns since the Late Middle Ages

  3. Constraints and Opportunities

  4. Group Experiences and Particularities

  5. Home and Material Culture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 244-260

About this book


By taking on a long-term perspective, a large geographical scope and moving beyond the homogeneous treatment of single people, this book fleshes out the particularities of urban singles and allows for a better understanding of the attitudes and values underlying this lifestyle in the European past.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Julie De Groot
    • 1
  • Isabelle Devos
    • 2
  • Ariadne Schmidt
    • 3
  1. 1.University of AntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Ghent UniversityBelgium
  3. 3.Leiden UniversityNetherlands

About the editors

Julie De Groot is Member of the Centre for Urban History at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO). She is working on a doctoral project on the meaning, use and decoration of domestic spaces in cities of the Southern Low Countries and France during the long sixteenth century.

Isabelle Devos is Associate Professor at the History Department of Ghent University, Belgium, and specializes in social and economic history. She is a historian and demographer.

Ariadne Schmidt is Assistant Professor at Leiden University, Netherlands. Her research interests include the early modern history of work, labour markets, gender and crime. She is a social and economic historian.

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